You ask us a lot of questions about honey: why does it change color, why does it crystallize, can it be eaten by children... We have collected answers to these frequently asked questions here. Read on and if you come up with more, don't hesitate to ask us. We will answer all of them with pleasure!
How to store honey?
Honey is best stored in a dry, dark and cool place (up to 18 degrees). It can be a basement or a cupboard. It does not need to be refrigerated.
What determines the color of traditional honey?
The color of honey depends on the type of plants from which bees collect nectar, honeydew and pollen. The color of the honey ranges from white through light yellow to brownish-brown. For example: rapeseed honey in the liquid state has a straw color, when it crystallizes, its color changes to white. Liquid buckwheat honey is dark tea color and brown after crystallization. The same type of honey can have a different color each year. It depends on the type of honeydew in the area, the occurrence of honeydew and the date of harvest. For example, one year linden / lime honey may have amber color and the other year – pale yellow.
Why does honey crystallize?
At the time of collecting honey from the hive, it has a liquid form known as strained honey. The more glucose in the honey, the faster it will crystallize, e.g. rapeseed honey starts crystallizing just a few days after the honey harvest and multiflower honey after a few weeks. Some types of honey can crystallize up to a year. It is true that any natural honey will crystallize sooner or later, but the length of the crystallization depends on the type of honey. It is a natural process that occurs in honey and testifies to its authenticity.
Why does honey stratify?
Honey can crystallize in different ways and, depending on the conditions, it can take a different final shape. In honeys, delamination can also occur. At the bottom settle glucose crystals which has a natural tendency to crystallize, and in the upper layers, fructose predominates. This does not affect the quality or properties of the honey. Honey can be mixed from time to time for uniformity, if we are disturbed by the liquid layer. This crystallization process is most characteristic for buckwheat honey.
What is honey decrystallization?
To restore honey to a liquid form, e.g. to pour it from the barrel into jars, it must be decrystallized. Honey is heated very slowly in a special decrystallization chamber at a temperature below 40 degrees, so that it retains all its properties and becomes liquid.
How can I restore honey to a liquid form?
Honey can be restored to a liquid form by heating it in a temperature of max. 40 degrees Celsius (it can be an oven or a bowl of water). If the temperature is higher, honey will lose some of its natural properties.
Is there sugar in honey?
There are naturally occurring sugars in the flower nectar. Among the numerous carbohydrates found in honey, simple sugars, i.e. glucose and fructose, are the most important, responsible for the sweet taste of honey and its nutritional properties.
Are there any honey for diabetics?
Unfortunately, there is no special honey for diabetics. Acacia honey, in small amounts, can be used by people with diabetes. However, it should be remembered that any honey has a high glycemic index and causes a rapid increase in blood sugar.
Can you eat honey when pregnant?
You can consume honey during pregnancy. It strengthens the body, soothes infections, and is also good for pregnancy ailments such as nausea or heartburn.
Can young children eat honey?
Honey should not be given to children under 1 year of age as allergic reactions may occur. Honey should not be added to foods, drinks and mixes for infants under one year of age – this prohibition also applies to baking and dishes where the honey has been heat-treated. There are no contraindications for older children.
Which honey is best for kids?
Children love very delicate acacia or multiflower honey. To treat colds, we recommend linden / lime honey.
Is it possible to eat bee pollen and bee bread in case of allergies?
People allergic to pollen of grass, trees, as well as cultivated and wild plants must start taking pollen or bee bread very carefully. It is true that pollen and bee bread are a "natural vaccine" for allergies, but initially they should be taken in very small amounts and monitored for body reaction.
Can allergic reactions occur after taking pollen or bee bread?
People who are not allergic to honey may be allergic to pollen or bee bread. Therefore, we initially recommend that you handle these products carefully due to allergic reactions. You can start with one grain, try gently on your tongue and swallow carefully (if you don't feel a tingling sensation etc.). After 12-24 hours, you can try more for a few days until you get to half a teaspoon a day. It is generally better to consume smaller amounts and more frequently than larger amounts at once.